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Senior Sourcing Specialist - Brits


JobReq ID:  50831
Type of work:  On site
Type of contract:  Open-ended/permanent
Full/Part Time:  Full time

Johannesburg, ZA


Bridgestone in Europe, CIS, Middle East, India and Africa (BSEMIA), headquartered in Zaventem (Belgium), is a subsidiary of  Bridgestone Corporation, a global leader providing sustainable mobility and advanced solutions.

In addition to our premium tire products, we offer a growing portfolio of tire-centric and mobility solutions. Together with our partners and guided by "Serving Society with Superior Quality”, that has been our mission since Shojiro Ishibashi founded Bridgestone in 1931, we are  working to accelerate sustainable mobility innovations and solutions. Through innovative technology,  we are committed to easier, safer, smoother and seamless mobility for our society and customers improving how people move, live, work and play.

Bridgestone also benefits from a significant retail network throughout the region – in fact our retail presence in the EMIA region is the largest in the tire industry. Through 17 distinct retail partners, we have around 3,500 outlets across Europe, the Middle East and Africa as well as around 2,500 outlets through our partner network in India. This network offers a selection of services, concepts and mobility solutions.

At Bridgestone we pride ourselves on the strong relationships we maintain with everyday drivers and this extensive retail network is one of the core reasons why.

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In line with the “Bridgestone Essence”, our work environment is based on integrity and teamwork, where everyone can learn from each other and contribute with their own ideas in achieving the coming goals.

We want to hear from people who can take the challenge, unleash their creative potential and contribute to the company success demonstrating ownership, courage and agility. We want you to develop your skills, expand your knowledge and be proud of your work.


Job Purpose 


The Senior Purchaser will report the Head of Procurement based at our plant in Brits. Drive development and implementation of category practices including sourcing strategy definition, deployment, stakeholder management and executing strategic sourcing initiatives and procurement optimization projects to maximize total cost of ownership savings.




  • Take a strategic and long term view of procurement through identifying and developing innovative sources and contractual arrangements
  • Prioritize category specific strategic plans and aligns with impacted companies
  • Align strategic plan to financial budget
  • Ensure buy in from Procurement Management of the 5 companies
  • Proactively initiates internal customer Demand Management
  • Define and optimize buying channels for assigned categories
  • Manage internal and external analysis (industry & supplier) in collaboration with Sourcing Analysts, and other Category Leads, where appropriate, as a member of a cross functional sourcing team
  • Understand and use the supply market and analysis information to determine sourcing strategies
  • Lead supplier selection and fact based negotiations, where necessary, and report achieved outcomes to Strategic Sourcing Manager for validation
  • Provide team members with direction/support throughout strategic sourcing process, applying appropriate and defined methodology and tools
  • Manage strategic sourcing process with Sourcing Analysts, if necessary, applying appropriate and defined methodology and tools as well as sharing category best practices
  • Manage/facilitate collaboration within the cross functional sourcing team
  • Work closely with company level stakeholders to ensure local acceptance of new contracts
  • Closely monitor internal customers contract compliance; define and take approved corrective actions to improve contract compliance
  • Continuously track supplier performance and manage day to day strategic interactions
  • Lead supplier development activities; set up cross functional review meetings with suppliers to improve performance and further reduce cost
  • Manage internal customers feedback on procurement organization & supplier performance 
  • Review completed sourcing events for opportunities to automate procurement (i.e. addition of items or services to electronic procurement tools)


Experience and Requirements


  • Minimum 5 years work experience in procurement. Preferably within the manufacturing or automotive industry;
  • Supply chain certification (CIPS);
  • Ability to work within a team environment;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with good relationship building skills;
  • Strong administrative and data management skills;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is required;
  • Good English knowledge (written and oral);
  • Experience in delivering competitive advantage to the business through development and implementation of sourcing strategies for the spend category;
  • Ability to multi task, problem solve, proactive with good presentation skills and self-initiative;
  • Ability to meet deadlines in high volume environment;


Why should you apply?



  • We are passionate about our people and want to offer them the opportunity to develop and grow.
  • Bridgestone as a global company drives your career to the next level by offering you possibilities to work in an international setting.
  • You will have the opportunity to work with leading technologies.
  • We help you to drive your career path onward and upward work in a culture of feedback that recognizes you and helps your development.
  • You will work in a healthy and safety environment, as safety is a key priority area in Bridgestone.


If you can demonstrate the skills we are looking for and would like to make a difference in a Pioneering company dedicated to shaping a sustainable future of real-world mobility solutions, join us at Bridgestone!
Process Next Steps: All applications will be reviewed. Our HR team will contact those applicants who we would like to invite for the next stage of the recruitment process.


All applications will be reviewed. Our Recruitment team will contact the suitable applicants for the next step of the recruitment process.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!


Diversity and inclusion are a central part of Bridgestone EMIA’s values at the highest level. This is key for our people to show a passion for excellence for improving society connected to the world in which we live. Our commitment to diversity, is linked to our founders mission of ‘Serving Society with Superior Quality’, which is essential in shaping and creating the organization, serving all people, respectfully, connected to our business. We recognize that everyone is different and that attracting, developing and retaining our employees will create a sustainable working environment which is essential to our success. This means that all job applicants and members of staff will receive equal treatment and that we will not discriminate in particular on grounds of gender, marital status, race, ethnic origin, color, nationality, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, religion or age.

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